Jerry Williams

Retired, retired
Trenton, NJ, United States

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Jerry Williams
Posted over 2 years ago
Why do you use your voice in TED conversations?
Personally, I like TED conversations because of the variety of viewpoints on virtually all topics. Too many people today tend to get their news and other information solely from sources with which they have agreed in the past. Thus, right wing people get their news from right wing sources, and the same for the other side. Throughout my life I've tried to understand issues from all sides before making up my own mind. No one is right all the time. If we are wrong (as least as far as others are concerned) and only get reinforcement from like-minded sources, we will never reach fulfillment. TED not only allows this discourse from all sides but, it encourages it. TED should stand for Totally Educational Discourse because I constantly learn when on TED.
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Jerry Williams
Posted over 2 years ago
How can we light indoor spaces in the most psychologically beneficial way possible whilst still keeping sustainability in mind?
The best lit office environment I was ever in was at a Lotus Development Corp (remember 1-2-3?) in Mt. Laurel, NJ about 20 years ago. When you first walked in, everything seemed dim. Once your eyes adapted, you realized that there was soft lighting everywhere. However, at places where more light was needed (i.e., desks, conference rooms, etc.), there were brighter lights. This environment had the proper, in my mind, lighting level for each space.....not a one size fits all we see too often. It was a very relaxing, yet vibrant environment that welcomed people into it. The meeting I attended was probably one of the most productive I've been in. I believe it's largely attributable to the lighting.
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Jerry Williams
Posted over 2 years ago
Do you think you would be a different person if just ONE tiny event of your past occurred differently?
We are the cumulative result of countless decisions throughout our lives. What school did we go to, did we do drugs, who we married, who we worked for, what role we played at work, should I wait for the light to turn green before crossing the street,....... Sometimes it the seemingly most insignificant decisions that have the biggest impact on our lives and have made us who we really are. Great question!
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Jerry Williams
Posted over 2 years ago
What is the one invention you wish to be invented soon?
I believe folks are already working on this but, I would like to see wireless electricity. We are a society that is literally tied to the electric grid, out of necessity and otherwise. Finding an outlet convenient to where I am is usually difficult. In my kitchen alone, there are close to a dozen appliances all needing electricity via a cord. Keeping them all plugged in is not an option as there would be cords criss-crossing the counters in an unsafe manner. We used to have to have out computing devices connected via a wire in order to access the internet. Today, we have wireless. Tesla proved this could happen ages ago yet, we are still tripping over wires daily.
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Jerry Williams
Posted over 2 years ago
Are the broken generations fixable?
I think it's more simple than the other comments. For various reasons, we simply communicate face-to-face less. In the workplace, video-conferencing ans Skype have taken over sitting across from one another in the same room. Just walk down your own street on a beautiful evening and count the number of people you speak with or to. Kids don't play with one another unless an adult has organized them as a team. Parents come home and night and lock themselves in the den or office and continue to do their work. Seniors are afraid to walk to the corner store (if one still exists). I don't think the problem is connected to one or more specific generations. We have changed as a society and unless and until we resume holding doors for others, saying please and thank you, shaking hands, helping strangers,etc., our children will never see the 'right' way of behaving in life.